Natural wool carpeting is becoming more popular as consumers are looking toward a more natural, chemical-free lifestyle.
Natural wool carpeting is expensive, but it’s most likely the best choice for homeowners who like the look or feel of carpeting but still want to use natural or organic materials. Purchasing a few wool throw rugs are a more affordable way to enjoy the natural comfort of wool floors under your feet without the expense of wall-to-wall carpeting.
Here are some of the benefits of natural wool carpeting.
Wool carpet has no synthetic dyes. Wool carpeting is usually dyed with natural pigments so you can avoid synthetic dyes. This is important for people allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Natural wool offers amazing insulating properties. Anyone who has worn a wool sweater can attest to how well wool insulates. If you dread cold floors in the winter, then wool carpet is for you! It’s ideal in rooms situated over cold garages or basements as well.
Wool is naturally fire-resistant. The flame-retardant properties of wool are well known. This is why some people choose wool for their bedding or their children’s bedding.
Natural wool carpet is stain-resistant. There is no need to spray stain-resistant chemicals on wool carpet. Like the natural dyes, this stain resistance is a boon for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Wool offers extremely durability. The fibers of wool carpet have a natural spring-like shape, like curly hair (which it is!). This provides a great deal of “bounce back” from daily wear. Wool’s durability helps to offset its initial cost.
Wool carpet is naturally water-resistant. If you have ever spilled water on a wool rug, you’ve seen how it beads. The water sits on top of the fibers for a while, giving you ample time to go get a rag or paper towel.
Another thing about wool’s resistance to moisture is its “wick effect.” While it resists water, when it does absorb moisture it does so within the fibers themselves. Thus, when wool does get wet, it often does not feel damp to the touch.
Wool carpet comes in endless design options. You may think of wool carpet as invariably white or off-white. But there are quite a few colors and patterns to choose from.
Natural wool is a renewable resource. Wool is sheared off of the sheep every year. It grows back in time to keep the sheep warm for the winter, and then summer is shearing season. Carpet made from synthetic fibers often contain petroleum products, and petroleum is a non-renewable resource. Wool, on the other hand, renews itself quite rapidly!
Overall, choose wool carpet for comfort. Wool carpet is soft and comfortable, and supports weight very well. As noted above, it springs back well from foot traffic. It’s a good choice for people with pain or stiffness in their weight-bearing joints.